A man involved in a high-speed police chase drove at up to 100mph in a stolen car with false number plates “because he didn’t want to be late for work”.
Mohammed Uddin led police on the pursuit down the A470 between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst.
The Volkswagen Golf had been stolen from his sister’s house in Oldham before being driven to North Wales, with false registration plates put on it to avoid detection.
An advanced police driver had to go at speeds of up to 100mph to keep up with him during the daylight pursuit.
Officers had initially wanted to talk to the driver of the car because they suspected he might be under the influence of cannabis. Uddin had sped past a long line of traffic at up to 60mph and entered the 30mph zone at Llanrwst at up to 70mph.
Michael Whitty, defending Uddin, who lives above a restaurant owned by relatives in Denbigh Street in the town, said Uddin had spent the last month in custody and suggested that a suspended sentence might prove the best deterrent. He realised he’d let his family down, working for relatives in their restaurant, and had been stupid. There had been no injury nor damage in the incident, “though by good fortune.”
A probation officer told the court Uddin had told her he took the car because he was anxious to get to work at Llanrwst by 4.30pm “He tells me he’s not going to drive again,” she said, though she didn’t know whether he was entirely frank with her.
Judge Huw Rees heard that Uddin, previously of Oldham, had been sent to prison for 45 months in 2011 for supplying cocaine.
The judge reminded Uddin that he’d eventually been found at Llanrwst 45 minutes after abandoning the car, had changed his clothing, and had lied at first to police. “It’s right that you made confessions in interview that your driving was very dangerous,” he added.
“It’s an appalling piece of driving on a popular route between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst on a busy summer Saturday. You were a substantial danger to any other road users.”
The chase took place on July 15. Uddin was jailed for 12 months.
Source : DailyPost